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Signs Your Garage Door Needs to Be Replaced

Signs Your Garage Door Needs to Be Replaced

Track Misalignment

Garage doors use parallel tracks to help roll the door up and down. However, these tracks can become misaligned. This will prevent the door from opening or closing properly. This, in turn, gives potential bad actors access to your garage, potentially putting your family or your personal property at risk.

While misalignment is most often caused by gradual wear and tear, it can also result from a specific incident. For instance, if a substantially sized object were to hit your garage door, it could cause damage to the tracks.
It’s important to fix misaligned tracks immediately. Even a small issue can turn into a much more significant one if left unrepaired. This might force you to pay for more expensive repairs or even a complete replacement of your garage doors.

Excessive Noise

When your garage door is working properly, it should move efficiently and quietly. If you hear loud or odd noises during the door’s operation, this is a sign that something is wrong with your garage door system.

Different types of noise may indicate different issues. A grinding sound, for example, could mean that the system’s torsion springs are beginning to break down. On the other hand, popping sounds could signify that you need garage door replacement panels as they no longer fit together as they should.

Just like with track misalignment, it’s important to fix the issue promptly. Excessive noise can mean that your garage door springs are about to break. If they do, it could lead to a serious injury for anyone nearby.

Deteriorating Finishes

Another sign of wear and tear on your garage door system is deteriorating door panels. Sun, wind and other environmental effects can leave a panel’s finish faded and dull. This can be a major concern if your door sits in direct sunlight.

Luckily, there are ways to fix the issue. Garage door replacement panels can be installed to remove any faded or deteriorating ones. However, this can also leave your garage door looking like a mish-mash of different panels. It may be more cost-effective to replace the whole door for a more uniform look and prevent further wear and tear issues.

Out of Balance

Everything, including garage doors, work better when they are in balance. When your door falls out of balance, it causes strain and pressure on components that may not be able to compensate for their new workload. Springs may snap, or doors may fall shut. This is a potentially dangerous situation, especially if you have pets or young children.

Garage Door Replacement in Portland, OR

The Overhead Door Company of Portland serves as your garage door experts of the Pacific Northwest. Our team of professional garage door technicians can help identify the underlying causes of your system’s symptoms and work quickly to repair or replace needed components. We can also advise you on the most cost-effective solutions, such as replacing an old system that’s on its last legs.

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Preparing Your Garage for a New Garage Door Installation

It is finally time to install your new garage door! What can you do to prepare for your garage door & opener installation to help ensure a smooth professional installation? There are several simple steps you can take that will make it much easier for you and the...

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Keeping Your Garage Cool

Most garages get hot over the summer. In a lot of places, summers are getting hotter, which means garages are getting hotter, too. But there are ways to cool them off! (Garages, that is, not summers.) While the main reasons garages can become so hot are a lack of...

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6 Common Garage Door Repair Problems

6 Common Garage Door Repair Problems After reading our blog post on six of the most common garage door issues, you’ll learn: ● How to identify which issue may be to blame for your malfunctioning garage door ● What to do once you’ve uncovered which issue is the source...

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8 Interesting Garage Door Facts!

Approximately 82 million homes have a garage. Which means that approximately 82 million homes have a garage door. That doesn’t even count the industrial and commercial garage doors, fire doors, security grilles, and more. Doors are opening overhead all over. But they...

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What If You Lose Your Garage Door Remote?

Most people lose or misplace items on a regular basis - and the garage door opener is not immune. Not only is it more common than you may think, but it is also exactly as annoying and frustrating as you might expect. Even if your opener always stays in your car, it...

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When is it Time to Replace Your Garage Door?

Some people are reluctant to replace their garage door, even when it is clearly time. Some people are too quick to replace a garage door that only requires a simple and cheap fix. You don’t want to make an unnecessary investment in a new door if repair (or even...

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Keeping Your Garage Energy Efficient

During the peaks of winter and summer, utility bills tend to spike heavily. Your garage is likely a huge contributor to those bills, but it does not have to be! Increasing garage energy efficiency should be one of the first steps to drastically diminish your energy...

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Is Your Garage Door Good Funny or Bad Funny?

If your garage door is acting funny… is it a bad funny that needs fixing? Or is it a good funny that you created? Let’s start with the bad… 1. The Door Won’t Close If your garage door is stuck open, first check to see if there are any obstructions blocking the door....

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Signs Your Garage Door Needs to Be Replaced

Track Misalignment

Garage doors use parallel tracks to help roll the door up and down. However, these tracks can become misaligned. This will prevent the door from opening or closing properly. This, in turn, gives potential bad actors access to your garage, potentially putting your family or your personal property at risk.

While misalignment is most often caused by gradual wear and tear, it can also result from a specific incident. For instance, if a substantially sized object were to hit your garage door, it could cause damage to the tracks.
It’s important to fix misaligned tracks immediately. Even a small issue can turn into a much more significant one if left unrepaired. This might force you to pay for more expensive repairs or even a complete replacement of your garage doors.

Excessive Noise

When your garage door is working properly, it should move efficiently and quietly. If you hear loud or odd noises during the door’s operation, this is a sign that something is wrong with your garage door system.

Different types of noise may indicate different issues. A grinding sound, for example, could mean that the system’s torsion springs are beginning to break down. On the other hand, popping sounds could signify that you need garage door replacement panels as they no longer fit together as they should.

Just like with track misalignment, it’s important to fix the issue promptly. Excessive noise can mean that your garage door springs are about to break. If they do, it could lead to a serious injury for anyone nearby.

Deteriorating Finishes

Another sign of wear and tear on your garage door system is deteriorating door panels. Sun, wind and other environmental effects can leave a panel’s finish faded and dull. This can be a major concern if your door sits in direct sunlight.

Luckily, there are ways to fix the issue. Garage door replacement panels can be installed to remove any faded or deteriorating ones. However, this can also leave your garage door looking like a mish-mash of different panels. It may be more cost-effective to replace the whole door for a more uniform look and prevent further wear and tear issues.

Out of Balance

Everything, including garage doors, work better when they are in balance. When your door falls out of balance, it causes strain and pressure on components that may not be able to compensate for their new workload. Springs may snap, or doors may fall shut. This is a potentially dangerous situation, especially if you have pets or young children.

Garage Door Replacement in Portland, OR

The Overhead Door Company of Portland serves as your garage door experts of the Pacific Northwest. Our team of professional garage door technicians can help identify the underlying causes of your system’s symptoms and work quickly to repair or replace needed components. We can also advise you on the most cost-effective solutions, such as replacing an old system that’s on its last legs.

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